It is being reported that sparks were flying at the LD 6 meeting last night. After Sen. Pamela Gorman, Rep. Sam Crump and Rep. Carl Seel gave their usual updates to the packed house of elected precinct committeemen and guests, it was Randy Pullen’s turn. The Chairman of the State Republican Party then berated Gorman and Crump for their “No” votes on the recent budget package, which included a referral of a sales tax hike to the ballot.
There were only a few Republicans who voted against this excellent budget package, Pullen reportedly said, and two of them are from right here in your district. So, he continued, are we supposed to believe that all the other good Republicans in the Legislature who voted “Yes” were wrong? I don’t think so, said Pullen.
And when Gorman and Crump tell you that the proposed tax cuts could have been repealed by a simple majority in the 2010 Legislature, “don’t believe them” said Pullen. There is no way that a Republican will vote to repeal tax cuts, he said.
So, in front of a crowd of conservative PCs who work hard to elect conservatives like Gorman and Crump, the AZ GOP Chairman took it upon himself to rake them over the coals for their principled disagreement on the budget.
Which begs the question: Who exactly asked Randy Pullen, anyway? Isn’t the main job of the State Chairman to increase Republican registration and raise money to get Republicans elected?
All of this drama comes on the heels of last week’s untoward email sent out by the LD 6 Secretary Horst Kraus, at the direction of Chairman Dave Braswell, urging all PCs to contact Sen. Gorman and pressure her to vote “Yes” on the budget package. It is no wonder, then, that Braswell and Kraus sat in silence while Chairman Pullen ripped into their own legislators.